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Participatory Road Infrastructure Monitoring in Kampala

20 September 2016
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The Participatory Road Infrastructure Monitoring in Kampala was held on the September 14, 2016 and hosted at the Software Systems Center, School of Computing and IT, Makerere University. The half day workshop attracted 25 participants with diverse backgrounds in the ICT industry.

As part of the agenda the participants introduced themselves and presentations on the Overview of road infrastructure monitoring project and Pilot crowdsourcing and visualization’s of road anomalies were facilitated by Mr. Isaac Oteyo and Mr. Moses Malele.                     

A walk through demonstration of the developed tools (i.e. the mobile app) followed with the use of 5 devices. The participants broke off into 5 groups of 5 during this session and received details instructions on how to use the app. The app was considered to be user friendly and although the software crashed on one of the devices, there were suggestions for the need of regular software upgrades should the app eventually be deployed.

The key objective of the workshop was the discussions and evaluation of the developed tools session. During this session several ideas were shared namely;

  • Provide an SMS platform for users that are not able to afford smart phones but still want to participate in road infrastructure monitoring.
  • Feedback format for users using the app (i.e. Thank you for sending the info.).
  • Provide details description of the potholes captured. The collated data sets could be valuable to other authorities’ (i.e. Uganda Police Force, Uganda Revenue Authority etc.) who can use it for analysis.

To conclude, participants filled and submitted evaluation forms with feedback deemed important to the project.

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Charles Funa

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